AUTOFoco.com, one of the most important car classifieds and automotive content portals in Argentina, made a report on ways to save fuel in the country, the use of CNG and Carpooling.
FILLING THE TANK IS 10% MORE EXPENSIVE
Prices in Argentina are one of the highest in Latin America, and they continue to rise. Recently, a new increase of 10% was confirmed in the country, which is the fourth increase so far this year and represents a cumulative increase of 28%. The question is, is there an alternative to save on fuel?
This new increase makes the cost of filling the tank even more expensive for Argentines. At YPF, super gasoline cost about 17 pesos per liter (1,17 dollars), when until now its price was 15,53 pesos (1 dollar). In the case of other brands, the average price of super gasoline will be 17,50 pesos (1,20 dollars).
ALTERNATIVES TO SAVE GAS
The increase in prices makes us wonder about the options we have in Argentina to save at the service station. In the long term, electric cars may be a solution, although their massive presence in the country is still something that seems far away.
For this technology to be viable, it is essential that there is an infrastructure and incentives that still do not exist in our country. Install a network of electric charging points, lower taxes for this type of vehicle, incentivize buyers with free parking, charging installation at homes, etc.
The truth is that the presence of electric cars in Argentina (at least in a massive way) is still far away. Currently the Nissan Leaf model is the first 100% electric homologated in Argentina, although it is not yet marketed. This model will begin to be produced in Brazil in 2017, which can facilitate its expansion in Latin America, including Argentina.
As for hybrid options, we can find the Toyota Prius, which was the first to enter the market. In Argentina, for paying high taxes and not having incentives, this hybrid model is priced at $ 101.600, a very high value compared to other countries. The Prius will also be produced in the neighboring country, which could help make it more accessible to Argentines.
The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid is another of the few options on the market, but its price also makes it unaffordable for most pockets (the Touareg V6 TSI Hybrid costs $ 1.906.647). Until recently, the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid was also marketed, although it was discontinued for economic reasons and the lack of facilities according to the company.
This 2016 the French Renault will bet with the introduction to the market of the 100% electric Kangoo ZE Van and later plans to introduce the Twizy, Zoe and Kangoo passenger models. The first, has already been approved in the country and is expected to start being marketed soon, although its price is yet to be confirmed.
SAVE WITH CNG
Realistically, electric mobility is not yet an option in Argentina today. More in the short term, the use of CNG has spread as a form of saving in fuel, especially among taxi drivers, although not exclusively since the profile of those interested in CNG has expanded significantly.
Compressed natural gas is a fuel traditionally cheaper than gasoline or diesel, so many people choose to modify the engine of their vehicle so that it can be powered by CNG.
However, the main advantage (its economic price) is being reduced due to the increase in the value of gas as a result of the new government measures. CNG already costs between $ 10 and $ 12 pesos per m3.
CARPOOLING, AN OPTION TO CONSIDER
The sustainable move not only involves buying a vehicle that consumes little or even betting on an electric one (when your pocket allows it), but there are also other ways to save on fuel.
One of the most widespread worldwide (especially in Europe and the United States) is carpooling. The idea is to share a vehicle between several people who are going to make the same route to save toll costs fuel, parking, etc.
It is a very practical way of traveling, not only within the same city, but between different cities. Beyond saving (which is always good), it promotes the reduction of traffic and reduces the environmental impact of the gases emitted by cars
Uber, the popular application that allows people who have their own car to charge for transporting other people who request it, has just arrived in Argentina, but it is not the only one. Sincropool is a mobile app focused on companies that allows you to share the car with people from your same job who make similar journeys to yours.